FIELDS OF FUN!Paul Reyburn
8 Family Farmstays to Book Now
—from Red Tricycle
Your kids are all smiles when visiting the petting zoo until it’s that time to say goodbye to their newfound furry BFFs and head home, right? Keep the barnyard fun (and wide grins) going on with a farm vacation where your mini Old MacDonalds will wake up to a menagerie of animals and the biggest backyard they’ve ever seen. A wonderful and exciting adventure for city slickers and country folk alike, these 8 cool farmstays offer up the chance to milk cows, gather eggs and even shear sheep. From Oregon to Vermont, from Arizona to Illinois, flip through the gallery to discover a farm-cation they’ll never forget.
It might be easier to get the kids to eat their fruits and veggies when they pick them themselves in the seven-acre organic gardens. In the spring and summer, there are strawberries, melons, radishes, peaches and more. In fall and winter, cauliflower, carrots, turnips, kale, squash and more abound. In sunny Arizona, the farms’ campgrounds are open year-round, with restrooms, showers and laundry on-site.
Don’t Miss: November through May, the first Saturday of the month brings the dirt market flea market to the promenade. You’ll find old books, antiques, handmade soaps and more.
24810 South Rittenhouse Rd
Queen Creek, Az 85142
Chores become a novel game when they include gathering warm eggs, feeding baby animals and milking cows at a seventh-generation working farm in the Catskills. When the hard work is done, little ones can play with kittens or go for a hayride while older siblings play badminton and fly kites. After a hearty farm fresh dinner, wind down by roasting marshmallows for s’mores outside your private guesthouse.
Don’t Miss: In September and October, explore the corn maze with the whole family and pick your own pumpkins.
Hull-O Farms Family Farm Vacations
10 Cochrane Rd
Durham, Ny 12422
The Inn at East Hill Farm
Family weekends throughout the year include activities for younger kids including barnyard scavenger hunts, bread making and arts and crafts. Come though any time and enjoy pony rides, sheep shearing, cheese making and other classic farm activities. Basic rooms and private cottages are available, with enough room to sleep 140 each night.
Don’t Miss: Learn to do-si-do from professionals specializing in square dancing, line dancing and country Western.
460 Monadnock St.
Troy, Nh 03465
This working dairy farm is one of the leading milk producers in Vermont and is famous for its herd of 270 Robeth Holsteins cows. Guests can help with the twice daily milking of cows or feed newborn calves. Float down the White River in summer or explore the snowy Green Mountain National Forest come winter. The inn has seven guestrooms with four shared bathrooms and common areas.
Don’t Miss: Try the Cabot Creamery cheddar. Liberty Hill is part of the cooperative that makes this award-winning cheese.
511 Liberty Hill
Rochester, Vt 05767